Recipe Chicken with Vinegar

Chicken with VinegarToday’s recipe of cooking chicken with vinegar is a pretty basic cooking skill.  This of method cooking meat “Adobo” is a cultural cooking process from the Philippines, where meat is marinated in vinegar, browned, and then simmered in the marinade. This process is worthwhile for preppers, homesteaders, or outdoorsmen to know because leftovers keep well without refrigeration because the vinegar inhibits bacteria.

In my experience it softens up tough meat, and I especially like using this process with rabbit.  As a matter of fact, I make “chicken with vinegar” far more often with rabbit more than I do with chicken.

Today we will cook some chicken with vinegar, so you can see that cooking mellows the vinegar, as well as tenderizes the meat – the end result will be about as tart as cooking chicken with tomatoes. It is actually pretty good, and I end up keeping a jug of my homemade wine vinegar near my stove so I can throw in a cup or two into my cooking whenever the wife is not looking….


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 3-pound cubed chicken
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced shallots or scallions
  • 1 cup good red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Set a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. .
  3. Add oil
  4. When it is hot, place chicken in the skillet, skin side down.
  5. Cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is nicely browned.
  6. Turn and cook 3 minutes on the other side. Season with salt and pepper.

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DIY Autoclave

DIY AutoclaveA pressure canner allows you to create very hot temperatures by adding heat to steam under pressure, this allows pressure canners to be used for all sorts of things.

In this post we will use it to sterilize equipment. An autoclave is used in hospitals and doctor’s offices to sterilize equipment, and while I am not advocating using this to sterilize equipment for home surgery – being able to sterilize things (for brewing as an example) is very useful

First, because you are using a pressure vessel you need to read your manual. I am by no means a safety nazi, I don’t want you to blow your face off when you failed to follow basic safety guidelines.

Next realize that pressure cookers are not designed to reach the temperatures necessary for complete sterilization.   While I think it is a good process for ensuring you don’t contaminate your fermenting or brewing recipes with bad yeast, I would not trust it for medical equipment unless it was the last resort and I would die anyway…

You have to keep whatever you are sterilizing off the bottom of the cooker, so make a wire mesh bottom for the pressure cooker autoclave (a steamer basket also works).

A pressure cooker uses steam, which is formed when water reaches its boiling point. The steam is what is doing the sterilization, and therefore anything sitting in the water at the bottom of the pressure pot is not being sterilized.

Autoclaving is typically used to sterilize laboratory glassware, metal equipment and instruments, and to kill organisms in biological waste. It does this by filling the container with steam at a high pressure. The amount of time the contents are exposed to this high pressure steam is critical. At 15 PSI, a pressure cooker produces steam at 121 degrees Celsius. At this temperature and pressure, thermal death time for most bacteria is about 15 minutes, although some microorganisms will be capable of surviving this treatment .

Only use laboratory-grade Pyrex (borosilicate glass) and stainless-steel materials only. You can also wrap utensils or the open tops of glassware in aluminum foil.

Mason jars (Ball) can also be used in much the same way as Pyrex. (NEVER screw down the lid of any jar inside of an autoclave or pressure cooker. If you autoclave regular glass you also run the risk of having said glass explode).

Place two cups of water in the bottom of the pot, then the support stand, followed by a whatever you are needing to sterilize (FYI you cannot sterilize something that is not clean). Put the lid on and pressure cooked according to the manufacturer’s instructions for 15.

Do not leave the pressure cooker unattended. A watched pressure cooker will in fact boil, and hopefully not explode since you take care of your pressure cooker lid, seal, and emergency release valve according to manufacturer’s instructions.

After the 15 minute sterilization time is up you should allow the pressure cooker to release the pressure by the slowest method possible. Let the pressure cooker sit for an hour and a half (closed to maintain a sterile environment inside) to let it come back to room temperature as slowly as I could so as to not have a problem with the glass mason jar.

Since we are talking about sterilization I wanted to give you a source for further study:

Sterilization of Surgical Instruments Using A Pressure Cooker

Wilfredo L. Mirasol, Jr., M.D.., Rizalino F. Felarca, M.D., and Napoleon B. Alcedo, M.D., Department of Ophthalmology, UERMMMC, Aurora Blvd., Quezon City

Purpose: To explore the utility of the pressure cooker as an alternative method for sterilization.

Methods: Sterile ophthalmic instruments were inoculated with known organisms and sterilized using either a Pelton and Clane Autoclave, immersion in gluteraldehyde, a gas-clave or a pressure cooker at 15PSI for 30 minutes. Samples were then cultured after the sterilization process.

Results: There was no growth of organisms in any of the groups.

Conclusion: Sterilization of ophthalmic instruments using a pressure cooker can kill common microorganisms as efficiently as the conventional methods.

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Toilet Paper Holder

toilet paperIf you want a more watertight Toilet Paper Holder holder than the one we showed you a few months ago h, I have a more complex version.

This version uses a 2-liter soda bottle, some string, tape and a ziplock bag.

  • Cut the bottle in half, ensuring that the end with the spout is deep enough to hold your roll.
  • Split the bottom of a heavy duty freezer bag and place the split end over and around the cut end of your bottle.
  • Duct tape the bag to the bottle. – This should make an opening on either end – the bottle spout on one, and the bag ziplock on the other.
  • Poke a hole in the center of the bottle top and thread a string through it, knot it on the inside so it will not pull out. Attach the other end of the string to the neck of the bottle.
  • In the center of the ziplock zipper, and outside of the actual bag, strengthen both sides with a piece of tape folded over. Do each side individually so that the zipper is not taped together.
  • Poke a hole through the tape and the bag. Thread a length of string through the two holes – this is your hanging string.

To use

  • Remove the center from a roll of toilet paper.
  • Pull out one end of the paper from the center of the roll
  • Open the ziplock end of the holder and drop in the toilet paper, pulled end down
  • Fish the pulled out TP through the neck of the bottle
  • Hang near your latrine area, and pull TP out as required.
  • Screw lid on when done to keep anything from nesting in your holder.
  • Wash hands and go enjoy the woods…

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Essential Medications to Stockpile

Essential Medications to StockpileI am not a doctor, and I am not qualified to give medical advise, I do know something about disasters and how to prepare for disasters.

I wanted to share some Essential Medications to Stockpile to help people better manage their prepper resources.

I also see people spend way too much time, effort, and resources prepping to extreme in some areas and leave other areas untended.

If you read many of the survival related blogs, you will find many people discussing how to get prescription medicines just in case. While I have some chronic medical issues, and also see this need, I have to wonder if they have first stored over the counter medications before trying for the nice to have…

I am sharing some essential over the counter medications that available, affordable, safe and legal.

Used properly, they can effectively treat dozens of conditions including:  headache, fever, sore throats, ear ache, menstrual cramps, heartburn, arthritis, ulcers, diarrhea, allergies, hives, congestion, dizziness, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, ringworm, eczema, insomnia, backache, gout, diaper rash, yeast infections, and much more…

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – Acetaminophen is the only non-prescription pain-reliever that is not an anti-inflammatory drug.  It will not irritate the stomach like ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen.  It is useful for the same conditions as ibuprofen, though effectiveness varies according to patient.  As mentioned above, it may be combined with ibuprofen in full doses for more severe pain.  Side effects are very few, though in high dose, especially when combined with alcohol, it can lead to liver failure.  It is available in several pediatric dosages, both for pain relief and fever reduction.

Bacitracin ointment – This ointment is best used to prevent skin infections when the skin has been breached, as by an abrasion, laceration, insect bite, or sting.  It also may be used to treat a superficial skin infection such as a mildly infected wound or impetigo.  It is less likely to produce a topical skin allergy than other topical antibiotic preparations that contain neomycin.  It cannot be used to treat deeper infections, however, which generally require an antibiotic by mouth.

Clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin) The same antifungal medication, clotrimazole, is contained in both Lotrimin and Gyne-Lotrimin.  Gyne-Lotrimin may be used to treat both female yeast infections and any other yeast or fungal infection that Lotrimin would treat, including athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, diaper rashes, and skin fold irritations.

Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – Diphenhydramine is primarily used for drainage due to respiratory infections and nasal allergies, in both adults and children.  It is also indicated for hives and itching, including itchy rashes such as poison ivy.  Although not all patients become drowsy when using diphenhydramine, many do so, making this medication useful for insomnia as well.  Some people find the drug relieves nausea or mild anxiety. While not a doctor, I keep this on hand for when I get a lot of bee stings, it seems to help me and keep swelling to a minimum (but I am not allergic to bee-stings and would not try to use this to replace an epi-pen if I was)

Hydrocortisone cream – The 1% version of hydrocortisone is the strongest steroid cream available over the counter.  It is safe for use in both adults and children in treating inflamed and/or itchy rashes such as eczema, poison ivy, diaper rash, and other minor genital irritations.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) – Among the OTC anti-inflammatory medications, ibuprofen is probably the most versatile.  Primarily indicated for pain and inflammation, it may also be used to relieve headaches, earaches, sore throats, sinus pain, stiff neck, muscle strains, menstrual cramps, arthritis including gout, and back pain.  It is also effective at reducing fever and is generally safe for use in children.  It is not advisable for most stomach-related pain, although may decrease the pain of kidney stones, kidney infections, and possibly bladder infections.  The most common side effect is stomach irritation or heartburn.  When combined with acetaminophen it is nearly as effective as codeine, tramadol, or hydrocodone in relieving more severe pain.

Loperamide (Imodium) – The most effective OTC medication for diarrhea is loperamide, which is available both as tablet form and liquid for children.  It is often useful for relieving intestinal cramping.

Meclizine (Bonine, Dramamine) – This antiemetic drug is available both over the counter and by prescription.  It relieves nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, and vertigo-like dizziness.  For some patients it causes drowsiness, and therefore may be used as a sleep aid.  It is related to medications for anxiety and may help with this as well.

Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) – Pseudoephedrine is effective at relieving congestion of both the upper and lower respiratory tract due to most common causes including infection, allergy, chemical irritation, and mild asthma or bronchitis.  It frequently has a stimulatory effect, similar to caffeine.  The most common side effects are those resembling a burst of adrenaline:  rapid heart rate, palpitations, and increased blood pressure.  Years ago this drug was used in young children, even babies, though now most pediatricians do not advise it in patients younger than about six years old.

Ranitidine (Zantac) – Although several medications are available OTC for the treatment of heartburn, ulcers, and other acid-reducing conditions, ranitidine is among the best-tolerated, is inexpensive, and is also useful for relieving hives. Doctors often advise an acid-reducing medication such as ranitidine for patients who experience stomach upset when taking ibuprofen, though this must be done with caution.

If you only have a small amount of money to prep, then going after OTC meds will give you more for your money than trying to find a doctor to give you a supply of antibiotic. For less than $100 you can lay in a large supply of all of the above.

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Review: Ultimate Essential Oils

Ultimate Essential Oils

The author of this kindle book on essential oils offered me the chance to review this 2.99 guidebook for free in exchange for sharing my thoughts on it.

Frankly I was not expecting much, its a 112 page document covering a large body of knowledge, but being for beginners, I would say that it is worth the price.

The book begins with a discussion of what essentials oils are and tells how to use them.

The bulk of the book is recipes for different remedies and uses of the oils.

I am a believer in having essential oils and the knowledge of their use, as they do provide medicinal healing and doctors may not always be affordable or even available.

While I don’t want to have to rely solely on oils and other holistic medicine as modern antibiotics and pain medicine definitely are useful, It is nice to know how to use over the counter items to take control of my own illnesses as appropriate.

I would not end your essential oil education with this book, but it is a good start.


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